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Sleep Hygiene

For most people, falling asleep and staying asleep are parts of a natural process. Good sleepers are likely to have developed certain lifestyle and dietary habits that promote sound sleep. These habits or behaviors- known as sleep hygiene-can have positive effects on sleep...
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Sleep as we Grow Older

What Are The Signs Of Sleep Changes In Older People? Your hair is turning gray, vision is changing, and fine lines are appearing on your face. Even your sleep patterns seem to shift as you grow older. While sometimes hard to adjust to, these are all natural changes in older...
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Sleep & Women

How Is A Woman’s Sleep Unique? How well a woman sleeps significantly affects her quality of life. Being a woman, you are probably aware that, for years, very little research has been available concerning the sleep problems unique to women. if you suffered sleep problems,...
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Sleep & The Heart

There are two distinct types of sleep: rapid- eye-movement (REM) sleep (when most dreaming occurs), and non-REM sleep. Typically, when you fall asleep you begin in non-REM sleep. Most people spend about 80% of the night in this type of sleep. During non-REM sleep your heart rate,...
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Sleep & Depression

Do You Have Trouble Sleeping At Night? Or do you sleep too much during the day? While these problems may be caused by external factors (e.g., noise, light) or temporary stresses (e.g., new baby, starting a new job), it is important to understand that these troubles may also be...
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Short & Long-Term Effects of Sleep Deprivation

The main effect of sleep deprivation is excessive daytime sleepiness, which can lead to traffic accidents and workplace injuries. Sleep deprivation also has both short and long-term impacts on your health. Short-Term Effects: Drowsiness, leading to drowsy driving Forgetfulness...
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Restless Leg Syndrome & Periodic Leg Movement Disorder

Have you ever thought or said anything like this? “Worms crawl under my skin if I don’t keep moving my legs.” “My legs decide they want to run, and I have to follow.” “After I get in bed, a gremlin grabs my legs and leads me around like a...
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Parasomnias

The term “parasomnia” is used in reference to a wide range of disruptive sleep-related events. These behaviors and experiences generally occur during sleep, and in most cases are infrequent and mild. At times, however, they may occur often enough or become so...
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea & Surgery

How Does Obstructive Sleep Apnea Increase My Surgical Risks? There are a number of reasons why obstructive sleep apnea can increase your risk of having a complication during or after surgery. Complications may include a breathing or heart problem. First you may be given a drug to...
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea & Snoring

Do You Snore Loudly? Are you the target of bad jokes or middle of the night elbow thrusts? If this sounds familiar you may already know that snoring is no laughing matter. Loud snoring can be a sign that something is seriously wrong with your breathing during sleep. Snoring...
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